44 E. 21st St., near Park Ave.
This new boutique is part design studio, part retailer. Favorites
for kids include the Urban Glider, a custom glider with the
rocking mechanism hidden (starts at $1,400). If you need design
direction, book an appointment two weeks in advance with owner
Kim Hall, who can do anything from Kohn Pawson-inspired minimalist
to Louis XIII bunk beds.
66 Ave. A, near 5th St.
The focus here is stylish New York apartment living. Items
range from bed and bath linens from lines like Dwell and Espalma
to furniture from Pure Design and Offi and colorful rugs by
Angela Adams, as well as home accessories like rechargeable
Candela lamps from Vessel ($75).
159 Duane St., near W. Broadway
Though handmade and painted in Los Angeles, LFA’s distressed-wood
pieces are surprisingly New England in style. Innovative standouts
include the triple art board, a chalk-whitewash-bulletin triptych
great for scribblers ($900). Also available are cribs (from
$695), beds, shelves, armoires, changing table-cum-dressers
($2,400), diaper pails ($250), and the quintessential front-porch
King and Queen
4415 Thirteen Ave., near 44th St., Borough Park, Brooklyn
Pali, Ragazzi, Bonavita, and Juvenile Heirloom (specializing
in wrought iron) are some of this family-run store’s
top furniture brands, along with popular bedding labels like
Nava, Baby Chic, Patch Kraft, and Cotton Tail. While offering
indulgences truly aimed at little royalty (old-fashioned baby
carriages made by Silver Cross go for $800 to $1,800), the
owners have been know to discount items for the proletariat.
2311 Ave. U, near 23rd St., Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn
4459 Amboy Rd., at Richmond Ave., Eltingville, Staten Island
Customized kids’ bedding, like a four-piece set (bumper,
quilt, sheet, and dust ruffle) from Rags to Riches, starts
at $399. The stores have a huge selection of cribs from companies
like Pali, Bonavita, Ragazzi, and Sorelle ($199-$2,500 for
a custom-made piece). Bonus: MB will add a hand-pained detail—from
bunnies to Winnie-the-pooh to Grandma’s smiling face—on
any piece of furniture ($50-$1000, depending on the complexity).
81 Spring St., near Crosby St.
Got a kid who prefers Picasso to SpongeBob? Celebrated contemporary
artists have fashioned a line of haute-design kids’
furniture. A Guardian night light keeps monsters under the
bed at bay and can be removed from its power source to be
used as a lantern (around $40). Wooden rocking stools by Truck
($90-$95) and translucent Umbra neon trash cans ($15) will
give your child’s room a modern sensibility.
146 Greene St., near Prince St.
Not many people would thinks of this high-design store as
a place to find children’s furniture, but savvy adults
will be pleased by several items that bridge the gap between
kid-functional and style-conscious. Fun pieces include ten-piece
kids’ place settings from Iittala in bight colors ($140),
and waterproof cameras from the Lomographic Society ($75).
Pamela Scurry’s Wicker Garden
1327 Madison Ave., near 94th St.
Come here for chaste white wicker bookcases and hampers, crystal-knobbed,
hand-painted dressers, sterling-silver frames, and crocheted
pillows—all priced just like they sound, Great for late-night
lullabies are the rocking gliders (from $1,195) and matching
ottomans ($650), upholstered in your choice of about 1,000
different fabrics. Don’t miss the beautifully over-the-top
hand-painted, nearly seven-foot dollhouse armoire ($3,950).
Roosevelt Field Mall, Garden City, N.Y.
Catalogue purchases: 800-993-4923
It’s worth a trip just outside the city to check out
PBK’s dense hardwood and wicker beds, starting at $199
(trundles and canopies are available separately). Sturdy dressers
(from $499) and matching nightstands complement accessories
from shower curtains to basketball hoops for the bedroom.
Schneider’s Juvenile Furniture
20 Ave. A, at 2nd St.
Behind Schneider’s nondescript façade lies an impressive
stockpile of bedroom staples by top-notch brands from Italy,
Canada, Denmark, and the U.S. You’ll also find a team
of affable salespeople and the occasional celebrity mom (Uma
Thurman and Julianne Moore have shopped here). Cribs start
at $200, dressers at $200, and armoires at $600.
Service Hardware & Stationary
1338 Lexington Ave., at 89th St.
You’ll find toys for infants and toddlers, as well as
household and cleaning supplies and even nuts and bolts at
this Upper East Side store. Gel Gems window decorations ($5.99-$29.99)
are a perennial favorite for kids.
Steven Wagner Design
8 Old Fulton St., at the Fulton Ferry Landing, Ste. 3N, Dumbo,
By appointment only
If you’re looking for a compete overhaul, call this
former editor at Metropolitan Home, now an interior
designer who specializes in custom residential work. Although
kids’ rooms aren’t all Wagner does, he counts
them among his favorites. He will work one-on-one with your
to create the room (or entire apartment) you have always dreamed
of; he also does landscaping. Rates upon request.